Fingers

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The Fingers by Cris Urdiales ©
The Vale and the location of the Fingers
The Vale and the location of the Fingers
The Fingers
The Vale and the location of the Fingers
For the ironman, see Fingers (ironman).

The Fingers are narrow peninsulas of the northeastern Vale of Arryn which extend out into the narrow sea and the Shivering Sea.[1] Pebble is north of the Fingers and the Paps is northeast, while Coldwater Burn and Snakewood are west of the peninsulas.[2]

The Fingers are windswept, treeless, bare and stony. It often rains in the region,[3] which is located north of the Vale proper. The seat of House Baelish, an unnamed old flint tower, sits on the smallest of the Fingers.[4][3]

History

First Men and Andals

Thousands of years ago, the Vale was inhabited by petty kings of the First Men. Two such monarchs, Dywen Shell and Jon Brightstone, each claimed to be King of the Fingers. They invited Andals to cross the narrow sea to aid them against their rivals,[5] so the Fingers were where Andals first arrived when they invaded Westeros.[6] They chiseled the seven-pointed star of the Faith of the Seven onto boulders to mark where they landed.[3] Dywen and Jon both were slain when Andals turned against them. Taking Jon's daughter as his wife and Dywen's wife as his bedwarmer, the Andal Corwyn Corbray proclaimed himself Lord of the Five Fingers.[5]

Robar II Royce, a Bronze King, was elevated by the First Men to High King of the Vale, the Fingers, and the Mountains of the Moon, and Robar slew Qyle Corbray, King of the Fingers. Robar eventually fell to Artys I Arryn in the Battle of the Seven Stars.[5]

Kings of Mountain and Vale

The Kings of Mountain and Vale from House Arryn constructed numerous watchtowers with beacons to defend the Fingers from raiders.[5]

King Theon Stark, the Hungry Wolf, once landed an army on the Fingers, but the Kings of Winter were not able to hold onto the conquest.[7] During the War Across the Water, the Starks landed on the Fingers three times.[5]

Targaryen Era

After Petyr Baelish was wounded in a duel with Brandon Stark at Riverrun, Lord Hoster Tully sent Petyr to heal at the Fingers once he was strong enough to move.[8]

At the start of Robert's Rebellion, Lord Eddard Stark crossed the Mountains of the Moon and found a fisherman on the Fingers to sail him across the Bite.[9]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Two peasant boys from the Fingers, accused of rape, are among Yoren's band of recruits for the Night's Watch.[10] Hedge knights from the Fingers participate in the Hand's tourney.[11]

A Clash of Kings

Ser Davos Seaworth is sent by King Stannis Baratheon with a chest of letters to spread word of King Joffrey I Baratheon's illegitimacy. His route is to sail to the Fingers and other harbors along the narrow sea.[12]

A Storm of Swords

Varys reports to the small council that a kraken was seen off the Fingers pulling under an Ibbenense whaler.[13]

Lord Petyr Baelish and Sansa Stark sail aboard the Merling King from King's Landing to his family's tower in the Fingers, where Petyr weds the widowed Lady Lysa Arryn.[3]

A Dance with Dragons

Tyrion Lannister recalls he once heard of a dwarf maester who served on the Fingers.[14]

Quotes

The Fingers are a lovely place, if you happen to be a stone.[3]

References

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